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While I'm in a spam mode...

Receiving this (see below), of course, doesn't surprise me.
But what does amaze me is this: Why do phishers/spammers/etc. send out emails like this or the Pharmacy ones?

Because. They. Work.

Actually spam has always made sense to me. As a free market, supply/demand kind of person, I never understood viri. It used to be a lot of work to design & distribute viri without being caught, and the only value was to show you had gonads (no, not GONADs - that's different.).

Spam, ah, that's different. People make money at it, even if only one person in a million responds. I have NO idea why you would buy medicines to put in your body from someone who can't spell pharmacy correctly, but there are many things I don't understand about 'rational' human behaviour.

I generally line up on the right side of the political spectrum, but I always thought that this is where a sting operation would be useful. Have 'the government' send out spam and then catch the people how buy it and revoke their credit cards. If you eliminate the demand, you'll eliminate the supply. It's pure market economics.

----- Forwarded by Craig Wiseman/XYZ on 08/15/2008 11:31 AM -----

From: "william water"
Date: 08/15/2008 09:00 AM
Subject: hello.........

I will want you to be of an assistant to me, I really understand that
this favour is very unusal but your utmost consideration is needed. This need is
very pressing and extremely crucial to the growth and success of my business. I
have been working on my website since January and it is yet to be completed and
hosted. I need 3pcs of Notebook computer that is based on Pentium M Core Duo
processor with either 160gb or 250gb hardisk memory as a dedicated server. My
engineer advised, it will be a better option due to my kind of business. Some
make notebook computers are relative scares here and are extremely expensive
compared to the prices I've seen in some stores on the websites (e.g
Toshiba, HP, Sony Vaio,linux e.t.c) and which I have also tried to order the laptops
from one of this stores to my place but I was told they do not ship outside the
continental US. Please I will really appreciate it if you could assist me locate
and purchase this at any
local computer store around you or help me to order and include in the order
for shipping. You will charge my card for the cost of the order and the laptops
before you proceed with the purchase of the laptop. I wouldn't mind
compensating or paying you any extra charges for this. As you know, website
creates sound awareness and progress to business firm. Please assist me out. I
await your kind consideration.
William Water

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